It’s not always easy finding the right wet weather gear in Australia. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start caring for your work gear – especially if your current set up is starting to look a bit tired and worn.
Like most of us, there’s a good chance you’ve been wearing the same pair of brace pants or foul weather jackets for years. And if it’s not broken don’t fix it, right?
We’ve been there too. So, if it’s time to start mixing things up, or updating your sorry-looking PVC overalls, here are a few things to keep an eye out for.
One of the biggest bugbears for anyone who wears protective outdoor clothing is finding materials that don’t crack under pressure. Salt water, oil and general wear and tear – they can all have a serious knock-on effect on the life expectancy of your wet weather gear.
To tackle this issue, all our wet weather gear comes reinforced with polyester-backed PVC.
This is one of the best ways to make sure your commercial fishing gear won’t snag on any machinery or become disintegrated after exposure to the elements.
The next thing to look out for is waterproof material.
It might sound pretty obvious, but there’s not really any such thing as 100% waterproof clothing. The best you can hope for is something that effectively repels moisture at every opportunity – and that depends on the fabric and the brand.
Keep an eye out for materials such as heavy-duty PVC and features like reinforced kneepads for extra protection
It’s also important to choose waterproof jackets that come with additional layers of insulation. This not only helps to keep you dry, it protects your torso and organs against the elements.
Still not sure what type of wet weather gear is going to make the cut?
Have a look for oilskins.
If you’re going to be involved in commercial fishing, whether lightweight or heavyweight, this is one of the best materials for ensuring your clothes stay dry and oil repellent.
Wet weather gear in Australia
It’s hard to find a one-size-fits-all approach to wet weather gear. Especially in Australia, where the commercial fishing industry is as vast as it is varying.
But hopefully we’ve given you a few things to look out for in the future. If you’re stuck, have a look at our Stormline wet weather gear or follow us on Twitter and share your thoughts.